Don't-Miss Privacy Stories

Cisco apologizes for privacy 'confusion,' makes cloud service an opt-in feature

Cisco Systems has taken a step back from its Cisco Connect Cloud service, removing it as the default setting for management of its Linksys EA Series Wi-Fi routers after a firestorm of complaints from customers about automatic firmware updates and the service's terms of service.

Twitter loses fight to withhold activist's account information

Twitter has lost a fight in which it challenged a court order to turn over public but now deleted Twitter messages written by an Occupy Wall Street protestor.

Remains of the Day: Secret agency

Apple's Phil Schiller says the company isn't ready to take the mobile payment plunge, even as Apple gets nailed for making available consumers' personal information. And how does Apple keeps things secret? By not telling anyone.

Users give Facebook's privacy changes a thumbs down

Voting on Facebook's proposed changes to its privacy policy concluded Friday morning Pacific time, with voters delivering a strong rebuke of the proposed changes but falling far short of the turnout the company required to consider the vote binding.

User vote on Facebook privacy policies hasn't stemmed criticism

Facebook is conducting a massive user referendum this week, asking its 900 million-plus users to approve or reject changes to its privacy policy that it first proposed in May.

LinkedIn privacy issues: Possible password breach; iOS app data leak

Two privacy problems cropped up for LinkedIn over the past 12 hours: Its iOS app submits potentially private calendar data to the company's servers, and a hacker may have stolen 6.5 million passwords.

Emergency workers scan QR codes to access health information

QR codes are being used for more than just advertisements in Marin County, California. There, paramedics hope the stickers could help save lives in an emergency.

Privacy group wants Google's driverless cars kept off the road

A privacy group is calling on the California Assembly to keep Google's self-driving cars off the road.

Gartner predicts huge rise in monitoring of employees' social media use

A new study by market-research firm Gartner claims corporations are starting to embrace technologies used to monitor employee Internet use, with 60 percent expected to watch workers' social media use for security breaches by 2015.

Lawmakers call on feds to reopen investigation into Google Wi-Fi spying

Two U.S. lawmakers have called on the U.S. Department of Justice to reopen its investigation into Google's snooping on Wi-Fi networks in 2010 after recent questions about the company's level of cooperation with federal inquiries.

Bug bounty hunters reveal eight vulnerabilities in Google services

Security researchers unveiled eight vulnerabilities in Google services during the Hack in the Box conference in Amsterdam on Thursday.

Facebook proposes more changes to privacy policy

Facebook intends to make further changes to its privacy policy in order to respond to an audit by the Irish government, but privacy advocates called the move an inadequate attempt to quell privacy concerns prior to Facebook's planned initial public offering.

California moves to stop employers demanding Facebook passwords

The California assembly passed a bill on Thursday that prevents employers from demanding job applicants' passwords for accounts on Facebook or other social networking sites.

Twitter resists subpoena to release user's data without warrant

Twitter is contesting a court order requiring it to turn over private data on a user charged with disorderly conduct during the Occupy Wall Street protests.

Mobile experts disagree on who should protect privacy

Users of mobile apps need more information about the ways those apps use their personal information, a group of experts agreed Thursday, but they didn't agree on who is most responsible for protecting user privacy.